The Plains Bison

By: Alex Kaminsky

The Plains Bison facts-

The Plains Bison is a mammal that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can run up to 40 miles an hour. They have shaggy brown fur, a hump on their back, and a "beard," and small white horns on each side of their huge head. Their eyesight is not very good, but they have good hearing and vision. Females are smaller than males. To me, the Plains Bison is adorable!


A bison calf is a redish-brown color. Only the female bison rase the calfs. The calf is nutured until it is 8 months old, but it is considered fully independent when it reaches a year of age.

WWF is Helping the Bison!

The big Plain Bison has only a few predators including the grey wolf, the brown bear, the coyote, and worst of all… the human! A long while ago, the Plains Bison was almost extinct due to the fact that there is over hunting. Humans were slaughtering the Plains Bison for their meat. Also, with a growing community in North America, there was a need for more land so the bison were being killed for that reason. WWF is creating places where bison can survive in herds. WWF is also placing the animals in Yellowstone National Park. Now, with their help and more, the Bison is only a "near threatened species."